Instead of eating out......
Cook a crock pot meal!
According to an article in Meridian, 3/4 of people surveyed eat out at least once a week and 1 in 10 eat out almost every day (see complete article on http://www.ldsmag.com/debtfree/090304cost.html). The article says "For far too many families, eating out has become a way of life. Their refrigerators and their pantries are nearly empty and so are their pocketbooks. Home-cooking saves time (driving to and/or waiting in line at restaurants) and health as well as money." If you struggle to find the energy and time to prepare dinner at the end of a long day, pull out your crock pot! With a few ingredients and very little effort, supper can be waiting for you at the end of a long day. Here is a favorite crock pot recipe from recipezaar:
Crock Pot Chicken W/Black Beans and Cream Cheese
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (no need to thaw!)
1 (15 1.2 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can corn (you can also use 2 cups frozen or fresh)
1 (15 ounce) jar salsa, any kind
1 (8 ounce) cream cheese
Put frozen chicken breasts in crock pot.
Add jar of salsa
Cook in crock pot on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-9 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
Add cream cheese and let sit for about 30 minutes.Stir in cream cheese and serve over rice or eat as is.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 4-8 hours
chicken $3.24(half of a $6.48 bag of frozen breasts)
cream cheese $1.22
total cost: $7.74$1.93 per serving